Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Vacant
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals 4.68 acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and a baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Night Out in the Parks movies and concerts.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

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Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

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Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Descriptors: Grass

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 195380OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/29 23:00From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$10.00
Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 195970InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/19 22:30From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 195971InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Day Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 195689CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$202.00
Leadership Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 200151CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$30.00
Sports Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 200146CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/08/07 18:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$30.00
Sports Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 200149CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 197105InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:30From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$15.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 197106InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$15.00
Volleyball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 197595OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/06/26 23:00From June 26, 2017 to August 28, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$10.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 197661InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/20 00:30From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$15.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 197662InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/22 00:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$15.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals 4.68 acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and a baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Night Out in the Parks movies and concerts.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.